Despite calls of women empowerment and resting its campaign on the women voters of the university, the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) could not register history in the Panjab University Campus Students’ elections, which is yet to elect a woman president to the council.
Siya Minocha, a student of University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) was the lone women candidate in the PUCSC elections contesting for the post of the President.
She finished fourth with 2,074 votes after candidates of Panjab University Student Union (PUSU), Student Organisation of India (SOI) and Students For Society (SFS).
“It was disappointing. The university campus has over 70 per cent women in various departments and less than 40 per cent voted for us. I had expected more support, but party alliances also matter,” says Minocha, who had been working in NSUI since last five years.
The party had centered its campaign on women empowerment, highlighting the need to launch a helpline on campus for reporting cases of sexual harassment and hold women Panchayats in girls hostels every month to know about their problems.
“We had been working since last three months for the elections. We ensured that we held interactions with girls in every hostel and department. I was somehow not ready to accept when the results came, but our voter share was lesser in Science departments,” she said.